Events and Info at DVMS May 13-17, 2019

This week:

  • Long Long Weekend

  • Lower Friday Gymnastics

  • Upper Friday Tennis

  • Grandparents' Day Sign-up

  • Yearbook

  • Summer Casa Camp

  • Art Camp

  • Upcoming Casa, Workshop

  • Parent Education Evening

  • Strat Benefit Concert

  • Psssst...Don't forget it's Mother's Day on Sunday

  • Photos!

  • Don't forget to check the DVMS calendar to stay up to date.

Happy Extra-long Weekend:

The Victoria Day long weekend is coming up. DVMS is closed on Friday, May 17, for a PD Day and on Monday, May 21, for the Victoria Day holiday.

Elementary Activities

Lower Elementary Friday Gymnastics

Lower Elementary students will be participating in gymastics at the Hamilton Gymnastics Academy on May 24th, and May 31st.  There is no activities this Friday because of the PD day.  Lower Elementary North will be at the gym from 11:00-12:30pm and Lower Elementary South will be at the gym from 1:00-2:30pm.  Students will travel by bus to and from the Academy.  Please help to guide your child to wear clothing that they can move easily in and a water bottle.

Upper Elementary Friday Tennis:

Upper Elementary students continue tennis at the Dundas Tennis Club, located in Dundas’s Driving Park, on Friday, May 24 and on Friday, May 31st.  There is no tennis this week because of the PD day.  If your child has a tennis racket, please have them bring it; if not, DVMS will supply rackets. Tennis-playin’-appropriate clothing and shoes, and their water bottles, are also required.

  • Upper Elementary West (Annette/Michael) will play tennis on Friday mornings. Please drop your Upper West child off at Driving Park between 8:30-9:00 on tennis days. They will walk back to DVMS for lunch.

  • Upper Elementary East (Terrence/Catherine)will play tennis on Friday afternoons. They will have an early lunch and walk to Driving Park for 1:00. If you would like to pick your child up from Driving Park, please be there no later than 3:15. Terrence or Catherine will depart Driving Park at 3:15 with the remaining students to walk back to DVMS for dismissal at 3:45.


  • A number of Upper Elementary children enjoy riding their bikes to and from tennis. Children that choose to do so, with your approval and consent, travel in an unsupervised group. If your child would like to bike ride, please email us at to indicate your consent.

  • Some children are also given permission to dismiss themselves from Driving Park in order to walk home. If you would like your child to walk home, please indicate your consent for them to do so via email to

Information and Reminders

Parent Education Evening:

Please join us for our Parent Education Evening on the evening of May 15th 5:30-7:00 The topic of conversation will be Math in the Montessori Environment. Child care will be available. Stay tuned for a sign up page.

2019 Strata Benefit Concert Announcement



Dundas Valley Montessori is thrilled to announce our 7th annual Strata Montessori Adolescent School’s 2019 Benefit concert, featuring the one and only Dwayne Gretzky! Along with the night's great entertainment of this 8+ piece band who is sure to please any music lover’s taste, is a live auction with items displayed around the school will add that extra amount of flare and excitement to make this event that much more special, memorable and important.Any family who donates (or has donated) to Strata this year (all donations are tax-deductible) receives a free pair of tickets to the concert as a small token of our gratitude for your support.  Starting Monday we will have a desk out front where you can reserve tickets and or make donations.DetailsDate: Friday, June 14th/2019Location: Dundas Valley Montessori School, 14 Kemp Dr. Dundas ONWhat: Strata Montessori Adolescent School Benefit Concert (hosted by DVMS)Who: Dwayne Gretzky, w/ support act The DillPrice: $25 (or a free ticket with a monthly donation to Strata. Suggested donation $10/month). Tickets available in the office or hereDoors: 7:30Set times: The Dill  8:30, DG 9:15 Silent Auction: ends at 10pmLL, 19+More about Dwayne Gretzky:Dwayne Gretzky brings to life the greatest songs of all time. A celebration of classic pop and rock hits, this talented group of Toronto musicians ignites audiences with their charm, fidelity and theatrical flair. Delivering note-for-note renditions of everything from Fleetwood Mac to Fatboy Slim, Dwayne Gretzky’s curated nostalgia trips capture the unique joy of turning a radio dial and being surprised by the familiar.

Grandparents' Day Coming Up:

A bit of notice that Grandparents' Day is coming up on Friday, May 31. This day is always a bit chaotic, but more fun than every other day. Grandparents of Casa and Lower Elementary children are welcome to visit their grandchildren in their Montessori environments during the morning work cycle. A Request Please: if children will be leaving with grandparents, please schedule their departure from DVMS to coincide with their lunch or recess break, and let the kids (and grandparents) know what the plan is; this is the best way for everyone to avoid tears.The Upper Elementary and Toddler Communities do not participate in Grandparents’ Day:  participation is traditionally low in the Upper rooms (but grandparents are welcome to come to watch them play tennis in the park), and there are too many tears when grandparents leave the Toddlers.  The Toddler community will host their tea in the afternoon of the 31st.Sign-up for Grandparents' Day visits here:Casa NorthCasa SouthCasa EastLower Elementary SouthLower Elementary North

2018-19 DVMS Yearbook:

The 2018-19 DVMS Yearbook is available for pre-purchase - a beautiful 80-page hardcover book.Pre-order now for $45 online athttp://dvms.fluidmedia.comNot only will you receive a handsome keepsake, but you'll also have access to the Digital Addition which features extended photos, videos, and music that you can playback on the computing device of your choice.Ordering only takes a minute, and the books will arrive during the last week of school for signing.

Summer Casa Camp:

Registration for DVMS Casa Summer Camp is now available.DVMS Casa Summer Camp is held on the grounds of Dundas Valley Montessori School. Staffed by DVMS Montessori trained staff and using our beautiful playground, gym, and multi-purpose room, each week will follow a theme with games, crafts, activities, and community outings. On Fridays, we will have a barbecue lunch to end a week of fun and adventure. Our Summer Camp welcomes DVMS students and other children ages 4-6 (or have completed their first year of Casa as DVMS), meeting their developmental needs in a safe, nurturing environment.

Art Camp with Tara Smith:

Tara Smith will be hosting Art Camp at DVMS this summer.   Tara will have a special DVMS family rate for these camps.185.00- Half Day Camp (Add a sibling for 165.00)330.00- Full Day Camp (Add a sibling for 310.00)Weeks for camp include:June 24th-28thJuly 22nd-26thJuly 29th-Aug 2ndAug 26th-30th

  • Please find the link below to register. *Please note that the registration prices on the website are for families outside of the DVMS community.

During Art Camp we will teach and facilitate the creation of multi media art and collage. Each student will be taught various collaging techniques as well as the use of incorporating multi media elements (drawing, collaging, painting, spray painting) within their artworks. At the end of the session, students will leave with an 11×14 artwork to take with them.

Studio on James is one of James st Norths’ best kept secrets. Located in the heart of downtown Hamilton, Studio on James is home to Tara Smith. The space provides an oasis for learning, creating, developing, socializing, and relaxing.Creativity is cultivated in this studio where Tara runs multi media and photographic workshops and classes for children, teens and adults alike. Each session completes with a festive exhibit showcasing the work of the students and their accomplishments. Studio On James is fortunate enough to have other talented artists teaching a variety of unique and fun classes and workshops. There is always something happening at the studio, with a variety of special events such as, open studios, one day workshops, and rotating art exhibits.

3rd Annual DVMS/Strata Canoe, Kayak and Mountain Bike Camps for Summer 2019

This summer, Justin Metz (Strata guide) and Colin Fox (PE teacher at DVMS) are offering 3 unique outdoor recreation opportunities for DVMS Upper Elementary Students, Strata Montessori Students, and parents:  Canoeing in Algonquin, kayaking in the Minks and McCoy Islands of Georgian Bay, and a Mountain Bike Camp in Dundas Valley.  To participate in any these trips, no previous camping, nor paddling experience is necessary, although all participants would benefit from being physically fit with a positive attitude.  For more information on these, and other outdoor recreation trips visit Silver Fox Expeditionsand complete the Sign-Up form.

Upcoming Casa Workshop:

Thursday, May 23, the Casa guides will be hosting their final workshop of the school year (yep, that time of year is coming fast!). As always, the workshop will run from 3:30-4:00 and your kids are welcome to play on the playground during the workshop.At the workshop, the guides will discuss what to do over the summer to set children up to succeed on their return to school in September.

Fun Family Events

Mother's Day:

Psssst...dont forget to spoil mom more than usual this weekend! We captured a few pictures from the Upper Elementary Mother's Day Tea this week:


Thank you for reading and staying up to date with everything that's going on at DVMS. Here are some shots of  your wonderful children in Montessori action this past week.As always, let us know if you would like the full version of any photos of your children, or if you have any questions about the Montessori materials or jobs the children are working with. (If you hover your cursor over the photo you should see a file number).